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Medical Assisting

PTC's Medical Assisting program combines superior classroom instruction from industry trained professionals with hands-on experience in our state-of-the-industry lab facilities.

You will learn important clinical and administrative skills that will prepare you for a successful healthcare career. The PTC program prepares you to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (CMA) certification exam, or the American Medical Technologist (RMA) certification exam. Students who complete the Medical Assisting Program may also choose to sit for the AMT’s phlebotomy certification exam.

Key Benefits

  • You will learn from our state-of-the-industry lab, work with the latest equipment, and develop hands-on skills and confidence in a realistic setting.
  • PTC's dual-focus program blends front office management skills and back office clinical skills making you a well-rounded, versatile employee.
  • Your venipuncture instruction prepares you to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam.
  • The PTC Medical Assisting associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) permitting you to sit for your Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.
  • PTC pays for your CMA exam, provides your review book and schedules review time during Medical Seminar.

More information about Medical Assisting below



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PTI Medical Assisting graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Physician Offices
  • Specialty Practices
  • Ophthalmologist, Cardiologist, Orthopedist, Urologist, Podiatrist, Chiropractor
  • Emergency Care Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory and outpatient facilities
  • Insurance companies



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  • Assisting with Clinical Situations
  • Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Skills 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Healthcare
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology in Sickness and Health 1 and 2
  • Patient Care Skills 1 and 2
  • Patient Psychology
  • Phlebotomy and Testing Procedures



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Graduates of PTC's Medical Assisting program can sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam and the phlebotomy technician certification exam.



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Medical Terminology
This course introduces the student to the language of medicine. Using a systemic approach, students learn roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms to build a usable medical vocabulary. Abbreviations common to body systems will be discussed.
Clinical Techniques 1
This course introduces medical assisting students to basic clinical skills. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals of procedures that relate to patient care. Topics to be covered include: medical asepsis, infection control, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards, interviewing patients to obtain medical histories and chief complaints, the role of the medical assistant in emergency preparedness, as well as the proper technique to obtain accurate vital signs.
Clinical Techniques 2
This course provides the students with additional knowledge of clinical skills. Emphasis is placed on assisting the physician. Topics to be covered include: assisting with the patient examination disinfecting and sterilizing equipment, and assisting with surgical procedures. Prerequisite: MED111.
Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course introduces the student to concepts of anatomy and physiology. This course includes an introduction to structural units of the body, cellular function, and basic pharmacological principles. Systems to be examined include: the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous, sensory system, reproductive system.
Clinical Techniques 3
This course provides the medical assisting student with an understanding of office procedures specific to working with the eye and ear, pediatric patients, and gynecology. Concepts of hydrotherapy and ambulatory aids will be examined and students will practice these to perform competencies. The medical assistant will demonstrate proficiency by completing competencies assessed by the instructor.
Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course continues the systemic review of concepts of anatomy and physiology. Systems to be examined include: the endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary system.
Communications in Healthcare
This course will focus on the skills needed for the medical professional to provide excellent customer service in healthcare. This course will examine communication skills, both written and verbal, problem-solving, conflict resolution, attitude, team work, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Clinical Techniques 4
This course provides the medical assisting student with clinical skills specific to administration of medication. Topics to be covered include the administration of oral medication, administering intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, dosages, and calculations. The medical assistant will demonstrate proficiency by completing competencies assessed by the instructor. Prerequisite: MED111 and GEM100.
Clinical Techniques 5
This course provides the medical assisting student with clinical skills specific to phlebotomy and introduction to medical lab procedures, and cardiopulmonary testing. The medical assistant will demonstrate proficiency by completing competencies assessed by the instructor.
Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
This course examines the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of selected diseases and disorders of each body system. The subjects of congenital abnormalities, pediatric illnesses, and pain and its management are included.
Foundations of Health Insurance
This course will introduce the student to the history of health insurance. The student will be introduced to government healthcare plans and legal and regulatory requirements that govern physician billing.
Computerized Practice Management & E.H.R.
This multimedia learning course uses Medisoft software that covers all aspects of computerized registration and patient accounts management performed in the medical office. Tasks include creating patient accounts, patient scheduling, charge entry, insurance and patient payment applications, various types of adjustments, and insurance and patient collections. This courses also introduces the student to the electronic health record (EHR) software, including documenting in an EHR.
Healthcare Delivery in the Medical Office
This course provides students with a basic understanding of responsibilities and functions of the medical office. Students will learn the history of medicine and apply these concepts to current healthcare practices. Students will be introduced to medical law and ethics concepts and case scenarios. Students will learn about functions needed to perform administrative office duties, such as medical records, drafting documents, and filing patient documents. Students will learn about patient privacy and the importance of upholding laws in regard to patient records and healthcare information.
Coding for the Medical Assistant
This course is designed to teach students the basic principles of the International Classification of Disease, 9th edition and 10th edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM & ICD10-CM), and CPT coding for the physicians’ office. The student will be provided with handson experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation.
This course uses a systems approach in learning major classifications of medications and medications of choice for selected disease processes and pathological conditions. The student will also learn to calculate the dose administration for parenteral and non-parenteral medications.
Medical Laboratory
This course provides the students with additional knowledge of laboratory procedures. Topics to be covered include: hematology studies, blood chemistry, CLIA waived rapid tests, urinalysis, microbiology, and fecal occult blood testing.
Medical Seminar
This course is designed to explore the role of medical personnel within the framework of the health care profession and to assist the student in the transition from student to health care team member. Library research, guest speakers, review of skills, patient simulation, and job search techniques are utilized. First-aid training and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification are included. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all course requirements.
CMA Review
This course is designed to prepare the student to take the American Association of Medical Assistant’s Certified Medical Assistant examination at the completion of their program. This class will provide review materials, sample test questions, and sample CMA exams to help the student be successful when taking the certification exam. This is a pass/fail course.


Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and become actively involved in industry related activities. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.


English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
Critical Thinking
In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Cultural Diversity
This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.



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PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • Carnegie Pediatrics
  • First Steps Pediatrics
  • Medical Group Robinson
  • North Hills Internal Medicine
  • Pine Grove Ambulatory Associates
  • Pittsburgh Medical Associates
  • Preferred Primary Care Physicians
  • Premier Medical Associates
  • Sewickley Medical Oncology and Hematology
  • UPMC Magee Women's Hospital
  • Valley Gastroenterology
  • West Allegheny Healthcare Services

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.



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For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

Job Placement Results as reported to MAERB

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